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Tench-growing experiment BYTYNE alliance.

THIS week, Wansbeck and Cramlington AC topped up their fisheries by introducing more fish to their club waters, while the Tyne Anglers Alliance purchased 300 four-inch tench and a similar number of crucians to raise in their stock 'crash pond.'.

The fish will be left in a water free from angling in the hope they will grow on before being netted by the Environment Agency and introduced into communal TAA waters in a couple of years' time.

Tench, especially, rarely breed successfully this far north, so the experiment could see this enigmatic species become more established and will be repeated if successful.

Two anglers who usually spend their time fishing Dissington Pond, near Ponteland, swapped the venue for the sunny climes of Bruce Dale's Teak Tree Fishery in Thailand this week.

Angling columnist Paul Armstrong and his German angling companion Alan Schmidt caught some fantastic fish, including good examples of one of the strangest of all species, the Featherback, while a massive Chao Parayah catfish was the biggest specimen taken on the trip, landed by Herr Schmidt after a very long struggle.

The final match of the river season fished on the Tees at Yarm on Monday saw some terrific sport, with a bristling perch of 3lb among Pete Rambo Junior's winning catch of 31lb 9oz. Geoff Keech was runner-up having 23lb 10oz of dace and perch, while Bob Walker was third with 19lb 11oz. . Last weekend's pole-only Saturday series on The Angel was won by Ray Laing who took 48lb 15oz using chopped worm and caster with liquid worm added.

Davy Pearson was second with 26lb 12oz, while John Foster was third on 17lb 11oz.

Sunday's Open on Lookout Lake went to Derek Fox with 44lb 15oz ahead of Trev Wilson on 44lb 12oz and John Dryden with 40lb 6oz The Angel will host A Pairs Match on Good Friday, while next Wednesday sees a new series start for a 13-match run.

In addition, Sunday sees the start of The Angel Sunday Spring League for 13 matches (drop worst 5).

The last round of the Big Waters AC Winter League took place on Whittle Dene, where Barry Evans won with 5lb 10oz of skimmers taken on ground bait feeder and maggot.

Nigel Ripley was runner-up with 5lb, with Steve Woods third on 3lb 14oz The Final top placings saw Nigel Ripley amass 47 points with Nigel Beardsley having 40 and Mal Gardener 38.

Aldin Grange's latest match fished over Blackbird Lake on Sunday was claimed by P Alderton, who had 28lb 1oz, ahead of J Ions with 22lb 3oz, and J Naylor, who returned exactly 15lb An Angling Trust/EA River Tees Forum will be held this Wednesday at The Tees Rivers Trust, Clocktower Lodge, South Park, Darlington DL1 5TD.

Admission is free with the meeting starting at 7.15pm.

Subjects include how the Tees Rivers Trust is working to improve river fish stocks, how the Angling Trust Volunteer Bailiff Service will work, and how your club can bid for Rod Licence money for club projects will feature, along with an update regarding the Tees Barrage.

If there is a specific question you would like to raise, mail it to ian.shepherd@anglingtrust.net DAVID HALL (01661) 886188 david-hall@standing-stone.co.uk DIARY Sunday: There are Opens on both Woodlands and The Oaks at Sessay, while the final match in the Aldin Grange Winter Series takes place. The Angel Sunday Spring League starts with the first in a 13-match series. A Spring Series Match on Whittle Dene takes place. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Steve Wood on 07984 808434 Wednesday: Opens on both Woodlands and The Angel; North East Angling Trust, in conjunction with the Environment Agency, holds an Open forum night at the Tees Rivers Trust HQ at South Park, Darlington. Thursday: Open on The Oaks, Sunday Spring league at Sessay.

Friday: Annual Good Friday Oaks Open match on Cedar, Maple/Alders and The New Lakes. Match restricted to 120 anglers divided into three teams drawn at random. Each team will have one angler pegged on The New Lakes (Ash, Sycamore and Beech), one angler pegged on Cedar and the other pegged on Maple/ Alders. Match will be fished in five-peg sections (PS30 section winner prize). Each section winner awarded one point, angler finishing fifth in section awarded five points. The cost will be PS22 all in. Aldin Grange hold an Easter Open on Blackbird Lake, meeting at 8am and fishing from 10am until 3pm (PS8 peg fee plus PS9 pools), contact fishery manager Mick on 07901 53858745. The Angel also hosts a Pairs Match on Good Friday.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 18, 2016
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